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Old 03-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #1
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I'm sure this is a "here we go again" post...BUT...

In my own defense, I want the latest info possible. Just purchased a 2006 8295 Sun Voyager and my intent, goal and plan is to travel the country for an indefinite period of time. So far thrilled with the purchase and the coach. It does need tires as even though the coach has only 20k miles, the tires on it are original and dated. I've looked at several options from Michelin, Toyo, Goodyear and Hankook. Not even considering the lower grade tires. From a cost perspective, the Hankook AH11 seems a great option but they're not RV specific. What I was told and found with my own research, is that RV specific tires have UV compounds in them and "may" give a softer ride. What are the thoughts of experienced full timers and road warriors on this site? I was quoted about 3k for a full set of Toyo M-143's, out the door and can find them online for substantially less but not including m & b and as low as $2500 for the Hankook's WITH an alignment. Given all this, what's your input if so inclined?
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:23 PM   #2
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My Tires

My coach has 22.5 inch tires. I think you do to. I have a set of Sumitomo Tires on right now and am considering changing them out for high time not rise or tread wear. They ride great. They were on there when I bought the coach last year but the dates are showing they are 6 years old.

I may buy another set.

http://www.sumitomotrucktires.com/Tires/Find

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edit: I am not sure of exact model/size tire are on there. My coach is in storage but it will be coming out soon. Tires look great and have been kept covered.

Now I see you have 19.5 inch tires. Many more choices.
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Yes, my tires are 245/70/19.5. The Sumitomo's look like a decent tire. I can get a full set of the Hankook 3000726, mount and balance, FET, tire disposal, valve stems, alignment and tax out the door for $2500. They're a 16 ply with an "M" speed rating and 137 load index.
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There is a reason that most manufacturers put Michelin tires on there products. They are the best. You can get good tires for less but I would stay with Michelin.
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There is a reason that most manufacturers put Michelin tires on there products. They are the best. You can get good tires for less but I would stay with Michelin.
Yea and they might get a nice "bulk rate price" too.

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I know the Michelin's are a great tire and they're definitely up there in quality. I have heard some common feedback about them from every tire shop I've been to and that is cracking problems. Obviously I have little to offer from personal experience. I was basically told by each shop that there's two kinds of RV owners. Those who sit in one spot for months at a time and those who wear a tread out long before the age of the tire becomes an issue.
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I had an 8295, 2006 too....30 ft 3 slides....same size tires as yours.....I had xlnt service from that MH and never an issue other than small items easily fixed.....bought a new Newmar Dutch Star in 2014 and some things were done better on the GS than the newmar.....

I put 6 new tires on a year before selling it.....did a lot of research and decided on Hankooks.....they were just fine and I never had second thoughts ref tires......
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Glad you had such good service from yours and hopefully mine goes just as well. I was looking at the tires that are on it a little closer today and noticed the fronts are load range "G" and the dual's are load range "F". They're original tires. Seems odd to have different rated tires front to back. The Hankook AH 11's I am looking at are load range "H" and found a set of Dunlop SP 348 that are load range "G" for a little better price. I have no intention of having different rated tires front to rear.
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I looked at a number of alternatives but in the end stayed with Michelin XZE 19.5" RV Tires and find them excellent. My understanding is time will crack any sidewall. I spoke to a few long haul truckers at Pilot and Flying J Travel Plazas when I am filling my diesel tanks and they all swear by Michelin too. That's good enough for me.
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